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How will the abolition of Section 21 affect landlords?

Last month the Government announced plans to consult on new legislation to abolish Section 21 evictions, commonly known as ‘no-fault’ evictions. This means that private landlords will no longer be able to evict tenants at short notice and...

Tenant fees to be restricted from June 2019

The Tenant Fees Bill received Royal Assent on 12 February 2019 to become the Tenant Fees Act 2019. The Act, which will come into effect on the 1 June, will restrict the fees that landlords and letting agencies can charge tenants in the private rented sector...

The importance of security of tenure for landlords and tenants

Whether you’re a landlord or a tenant, there may come a time when you want to renegotiate your lease or terminate it altogether. But how can a landlord or tenant do this when security of tenure is in effect? What is security of tenure? The Landlord...

Charity Refuge launch Christmas campaign to raise awareness of domestic violence

The UK’s largest domestic violence charity, Refuge, have launched a Christmas campaign to raise awareness of the terrible reality many women and children face when living with an abuser, particularly over the Christmas period. The charity has released...

How to deal with workplace bullying

Bullying in the workplace can be distressing and can often lead to poor performance, sickness and in some cases resignations. Employers also have a legal responsibility to provide a safe and fair working environment for their employees, so workplace bullying...

Government consultation begins on leasehold reform

The government has launched a consultation seeking views on its plans for reforming the leasehold system in England. The reforms are aimed at making the system fairer and more transparent for leaseholders and cover the types of properties that can be sold...

Leasehold houses: research shows more than half of owners didn't understand what they were buying

Over half of leasehold house owners did not understand what being a leaseholder meant until after they had purchased their property, new research has shown. Over 1,100 leasehold homeowners were surveyed by NAEA Propertymark , with 57% of respondents saying...

Freelance plumber wins workers' rights in Supreme Court ruling

A freelance plumber has won a landmark case on workers’ rights in the Supreme Court with potentially huge significance for freelance workers across the country. Self-employed plumber Gary Smith, who worked exclusively for Pimlico Plumbers for six...

Employment tribunal claims rise by 90% following abolition of fees

The number of claims made to employment tribunals has almost doubled since the fees for bringing a claim were abolished last year, according to new official figures. The latest government figures , covering October-December 2017, show 8,173 single claims...

Court of Appeal rules against leasehold campaigners in landmark case

The Court of Appeal has ruled against campaigners who were seeking to change the model used for calculating the cost of extending a lease or buying the freehold on leasehold property. The new model the campaigners had proposed could have seen these costs...